Photographers know that the use of creative lighting techniques can turn a normal photo session into an extraordinary one. Have you ever thought to use a projector as a photography tool?
“For this session, I had a Valentine’s Day fashion theme. I shot with three awesome girls (one senior and two juniors) in fun, funky outfits from Forever 21, H&M, and American Eagle. I shot in studio with a Savage seamless background and just one single heart-shaped spotlight.”
Danielle’s Photography Tip:
The lighting technique I used for this session was extremely simple. I borrowed my boyfriend’s gobo projector – basically a spotlight. There are a bunch of stock images that you can buy or you can create a custom design. I just bought the stock heart design and put that in the projector to create the shape of the light. I used the white setting since the seamless paper was a pink tulip color, and also there were color filters that could also be added to make the heart more pink, red, purple, etc. It took two minutes to set up and I loved the look of the images.
Here’s one more tip: The projector is extremely bright, so standing off to the side a bit or shooting from below for some shots worked the best so that the models weren’t staring right into the light. I grabbed some sunglasses for my blue-eyed model, too, which helped! Shooting from the side also helps to not get your own shadow in the shot.
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Off-camera lighting is key to understanding some of the ideas in this tip from Danielle. But if you’re not 100% familiar with it yet, it can be a bit of a struggle.
Thankfully, there are a lot of resources out there to help you understand the in’s and out’s of off-camera lighting, and one of our favorite guides (affiliate link) even includes a list of portrait recipes with 24 different lighting setups to use for quick reference.